Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox continued bucking at her quarantine and won in court as the judge lift the governor’s ban. This is leaving a lot of folks with a bad taste in their mouth today, as this health worker is seen as someone snubbing her nose at the health of her own countrymen. It is not up to her to decide if people are over reacting in the face of the Ebola crisis overseas.
What should be left up to her is showing that she cares as much about the people in the U.S. as she did for the people in West Africa. News Max reports on Oct. 31 that the nurse has been taking a stand and she hasn’t swayed from it a bit, she is adamant she knows what is best for her and she will be leaving her house.
The recent reveal that Hickox’s roommate in West Africa was suffering from Ebola, has really spiked concerns about the nurse’s defiance when it comes to her quarantine. Not only was she exposed during her working hours, but also during her off-work hours because she lived with someone who now has the disease.
PJ Media, who refers to Hickox as “the arrogant nurse,” reports that the Maine CDC revealed that while in West Africa the nurse’s roommate became infected with Ebola. Her roommate didn’t know how she became infected with Ebola. Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, came down on the nurse with his full authority ordering a quarantine for the nurse with a police presence in front of her home. That was knocked down by a judge today.
LePage conveyed his disappointment that the judge lifted the stringent quarantine, but he said that the state of Maine will abide by the law. Shortly after the judge basically gave the nurse her freedom, the state police that were stationed outside her house were gone.
Ebola has a 21-day incubation period in which Hickox is only in day 11 of that period. She took to the media today and said she didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable so she isn’t going into crowded areas, but called it a great day because she is now free to come and go.
Hickox looked like the Cheshire Cat, grinning ear to ear, as if she has won another round in her refusal to be kept at home. She is making the community uncomfortable whether she likes it or not and it would be to everyone’s best interest if she remained at home until Nov. 10, when the incubation period has passed for her, but that is not going to happen.
According to Fox News live, Neal Caputo spoke with a doctor live on his afternoon show. Caputo said the CDC has on their website that Ebola can be spread from sprays of droplets in the air through a cough or a sneeze. What they are not talking about publicly is the other bit of information posted on their site. Those droplets can still live for a while once they fallen on a door knob or any other surface.
If that nurse was near folks with Ebola, she has a chance of getting it herself. If she is carrying the disease than others are in jeopardy of catching it. This appears to be the simple truth about the disease, so to take the next 11 days and chill inside your home, this wouldn’t hurt the nurse and it would certainly put many in the nation’s mind at ease!